Saudi beheads Pakistani heroin smuggler

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 00:10

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani man
Tuesday after he was convicted of smuggling a "large amount" of
heroin into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

"Salim Shah Sayed Shah, a Pakistani, was accused of
smuggling a large amount of the heroin drug into the kingdom,"
said an interior ministry statement carried by state news
agency SPA, adding that he was executed in the holy city of
Mecca.

On Sunday, the interior ministry said that the kingdom
had arrested 681 people over the past four months allegedly
involved in trafficking of drugs worth around USD 460 million.

The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom applies the death
penalty for a wide range of offences, including rape,
apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking as well as
murder.

Shah`s execution brings the number of beheadings in the
kingdom so far this year to 16, according to a tally
based on official reports.
Human rights group Amnesty International said Saudi
Arabia executed 79 people in 2011.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 00:10

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